Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Peugeot, Newspress | posted March 08, 2016 10:44
The future of business travel according to Peugeot
Peugeot arrived at the 86th Geneva International Motor Show with two new people carriers that aim to redefine the segment with class-leading comfort and innovations.
First up is the Peugeot Traveller which the company described as their latest entry in the 'Combispace' and 'VIP Shuttle' sector. It is the sister model of Toyota's Proace and Citroen's Jumpy MPV. This was made possible due to the partnership between PSA Peugeot Citroen and Toyota Motor Europe.
Up front, the Traveller gets the brand's distinct grill and headlights. Complimenting the front fascia are the wide front bumper and integrated daytime running lights (DRLs). Turning towards the side, flared wheel arches, five-spoke alloy wheels and character lines on the lower section of the doors are seen. The rear, on the other hand, gets vertical taillights and a protruding rear bumper.
Inside, Peugeot claimed it gets styling cues from the brand's current lineup of sedans and SUVs. Equipment-wise, it has leather seats, touchscreen infotainment, dual-gauge cluster, multi-function steering wheel, engine start/stop button and a rotary-style transmission control. The Traveller can also seat up to nine persons and will have the latest in cabin amenities according to Peugeot.
Providing power are a line of Euro 6 compliant BlueHDi turbo-diesel engines. All motors benefit from Peugeot's Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) and Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF). With it, Peugeot stated that it can offer up to 180 PS along with 400 Nm of torque. The automaker also claimed that the Traveller will have the best-in-class fuel consumption of 18.5 km/l.
Next up is the Traveller i-Lab concept, a design study that aims to look at the future of business customer travel. Exterior-wise, the concept van carries over the the look of the standard Traveller as most of its changes can be seen inside.
Focusing on wireless connectivity and conducting business while on the move, the rear section of the iLab gets four individual seats around a 32-inch touchscreen tablet. It also gets Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth, wireless charging docks and virtual reality headsets.
The driver also gets nifty features for safer driving. It now has an onboard road sign reader, driver inattention monitoring and 3D navigation.
The Traveller, along with the Toyota Proace and Citroen Jumpy will soon be manufactured at PSA's plant in Valenciennes, France. All three will share powertrain options, platform, and other features as they will only differ in terms of exterior design.
Peugeot Philippines president Glen Dasig revealed to AutoIndustriya.com that the new Traveller will be introduced to the local market by 2017.